What Is Plus Size?
What constitutes plus size?
We have all heard the term ‘Plus Size’ but what does it
actually mean? To many retailers ‘plus size clothing’ starts at around a UK Dress
Size 12 (equivalent to a USA size 8) but this hardly seems in touch with how
plus size women see themselves today.
The good news for women with a fuller figure is that there
is now a huge selection of plus size lingerie for them to choose from
especially online. Sexy Plus is one of the UK’s leading websites but there are
many other websites that specialise in lingerie for the curvaceous woman.
The days of limited choice and high pricing for plus size
lingerie really does seem to be over at last.
Here’s a guide to some of the most popular types of sexy
plus size lingerie for the fuller figure. We’ll try and give a general overview
here and of course all of these items are available in standard sizes as well
but the point of this exercise is to confirm that larger ladies can look sexy
1) Corset – This is a piece of lingerie that has been helping
to give ladies that desired hourglass figure for literally hundreds of years. A
Corset will pull in around the midriff and tends to push up the bust, hence
highlighting the cleavage.
Not usually underwired but often with slimming boning and in
the past would have been laced up at the back, although today a hook and eye
back fastenings is more common.
2) Basque – Similar to a corset and many use the same term
but technically a basque is different because it tends to be underwired and
fastens at the front or maybe the side using a hook and eye closure rather than
Today corsets and basques are frequently confused and many
retailers in fact use the category Plus Size Corsets to list both types of
3) Stockings – Thigh High Stockings require a garter belt (also
known as a suspender belt) to hold them up. The garter belt goes around the
waist over the panties, and has individual garters that extend downwards and
clip onto the stockings.
4) Hold Ups – Often referred to as ‘Stay Ups’, these stockings
that have an elasticated top or silicone band at the top which is usually
cleverly hidden by lace decoration. This means that hold up stockings can be
worn without a garter belt.
5) Tights – Known as Pantyhose in the USA. Tights are stockings
with a full gusset. Just like a pair of nylon trousers, which are worn over the
6) Bodystocking – A bodystocking is a piece of incredibly
sexy lingerie that is made from the same material as stockings. As well as
covering the legs a bodystocking also covers the body, often covering the arms
and may be cut away at the back, the front or with an open crotch.
Whichever piece of plus size lingerie you choose there is just as much choice for fuller figure ladies as there is for standard sizes.